CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2023) – Although Crystal River, Homosassa, and other areas along the west coast of Citrus County, Florida, experienced flooding from Hurricane Idalia last week, the destination has quickly rebounded. With very few exceptions, everything is back to normal and local businesses have already resumed standard operations. The eastern part of the county, including Inverness and Floral City, was largely undamaged by the passing storm, allowing eager visitors to enjoy a variety of exciting experiences, eateries, and more. With the support of the community, Citrus County is essentially fully operational, and the official tourism bureau, Discover Crystal River Florida, is encouraging visitors to consider the area for their next eco-adventure or vacation.
To determine if a specific business has been impacted by the storm, visitors can go online to DiscoverCrystalRiverFL.com/plan/hurricane-idalia-updatesfor a current list of reopened businesses compiled by Discover Crystal River Florida.
Located about 75 minutes north of Tampa and 90 minutes west of Orlando, Crystal River is perfectly located on Florida’s Nature Coast, making it easy to access, yet pleasantly off the beaten path, and packs in value.
For more information about the destination, visit DiscoverCrystalRiverFL.com or call the Tourist Information Center at 352-794-5506.
About Crystal River Florida
Widely known as the Manatee Capital of the World, Crystal River, Florida, is the only place in the United States to legally experience the up-close encounter of swimming with these gentle giants. Located in Central Florida’s Gulf Coast, Crystal River and the surrounding cities of Old Homosassa, Inverness and Floral City are an authentic showcase of outdoor adventure and scenic beauty. Within tens of thousands of acres of protected state parks, forests and wildlife refuges, visitors can explore miles of bicycling, walking, birding, horseback riding and hiking trails to unlock a wild and wonderful world of natural, recreational and archaeological treasures. Pristine swimmable springs and a shimmering network of rivers, lakes, marshlands and mangroves make Crystal River perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, boating, fishing and floating. Feeding the fun is a creative collection of restaurants, pubs, bistros and bars serving up freshly caught seafood and other seasonal favorites all year long – from summer scallop season, to fall blue crab season, to manatee season and a year-round fishing season. Begin your adventure at DiscoverCrystalRiverFL.com or call (352) 794-5506.